Olivier Neptune: Chapter 1 Page 4

OlivierNeptune019 OlivierNeptune020 OlivierNeptune021Those giggling bullies are the worst!  It’s bad enough that they are bullies, but bullies that giggle?!  Oooo… just can’t stand them.  Updates are bi-weekly on Fridays now.  Will Olivier get his goggles back? Stay tuned in two weeks!


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OlivierNeptune0016OlivierNeptune0017OlivierNeptune0018Oh, I committed a swirly. Updates aren’t quite as regular, which means I’ve probably lost all 3 of my readers. But that’s okay!  This is a labor of love created for the REAL Olivier Neptune who will someday be old enough to read this.  For now, he’s got the command of my attention, and things like this comic have to simmer on the back-burner. This morning, I got up at 4AM, so I had time to finish today’s page.  Yeay!

Long live Death Bad Dirk!

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OlivierNeptune0011 OlivierNeptune0012 OlivierNeptune0013 OlivierNeptune0014 OlivierNeptune0015If I get 5 comments on today’s comic (from 5 different people), I will upload an actual recording of me singing and playing the Dinosaur Galaxy theme song. You know you want to hear that, right?

And for those of you who wanted to know, PCCC-C10 stands for Passenger Cosmo Carrier Craft – Class 10. Some people call it the “Cosmo Craft”, but they usually get made fun of.  Most of us just call it the Space Bus. Because that’s what it is.

Hey, look!  I’ve added an appendix, so you can learn about the people and stuff in Olivier’s universe. It will be updated from time to time since I don’t want to introduce characters before I introduce characters.

Oh! And I’ve decided to participate in the 30 Characters in 30 Days November challenge. A gimmicky thing, I know, but why not?  It will help me develop some things I need for this story. I’m not going to post every one of the characters I draw during this challenge, but I will occasionally throw something on my Space Detectives Tumblr.  So subscribe to that, if you must.

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OlivierNeptune0005 OlivierNeptune0006 OlivierNeptune0007 OlivierNeptune0008 OlivierNeptune0009OH the commotion on the space bus full of 3’rd – 5’th graders!  Can you imagine the cacophony of noise?  I sure can. Our friend, Olivier Neptune sits in the back of the final panel, almost unnoticeable if not for a giant asterisk and arrow over his head. Have you ever felt small in a loud crowd of kids like this?

Although this is the first chapter, it might make more sense if you read the prologue first.  Here it is.

Also, sometimes I make drawings that don’t work well for the comic. This panel was originally supposed to be part of this week’s comic, but I decided not to use it. For me, I wasn’t happy with the t-shirt design or the mask of the kid scaring the kid with his tongue sticking out, but I liked the tongue kid part of the drawing. Have you ever drawn something that you liked a little bit, but didn’t like all of it?

Olivier Neptune & the Space Detectives: Prologue

OlivierNeptune0001 OlivierNeptune0002 OlivierNeptune0003 OlivierNeptune0004So it begins. Olivier (pronounced “Oh-live-ee-yay” for all of us non-French speakers) and the Space Detectives is launched! I’ve been writing this story (mostly in-flight to somewhere) for my son who was just born a little over 3 weeks ago. My goal is to have several good stories finished by the time he’s ready to read comics. It is a science fiction tale, as you’ve probably guessed, with an old fashion banner. In addition to an English version, I’ll also be dual-updating in French!  So stay tuned for that.

The images don’t all work on my main page, but they work when you click on individual posts. I apparently have to buy a “premium” version of a plug-in I’m using, so I’ll get that fixed soon.

Yes, Paperwings Podcast, I realize I’ve got padding issues in my caption boxes, but hey, I’m hand-drawing boxes and typing text with the Gimp.  I’m curious if anyone else who hand-draws their balloons and boxes has a method for gauging how large they have to be for text they are planning on typing. I don’t want to use computer-rendered balloons and boxes because they look so out of place with the drawings. Computer-rendered boxes are equivalent to 80’s drum production quality, in my opinion, but some will also think that of computer-typed text vs. handwritten. But hey, can’t do it all.  My compromise is to at least hand-render the balloons and boxes. But how to gauge the size before entering text?! I’m not yet sure. I’ll keep you posted if I figure it out…